Arlington braces for Rangers-Cowboys Sunday doubleheader

It will be another baseball-football doubleheader on Sunday in Arlington, and for fans driving to either the Cowboys-Jacksonville Jaguars game at noon at Cowboys Stadium or Game 4 of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark at 7:20 p.m., here are some developments that will help avoid gridlock around the venues.

Rob Matwick, executive vice president of ballpark operations for the Texas Rangers, said that Cowboys fans who have purchased pre-paid parking spread over four lots at the Ballpark will be able to park there as usual. It amounts to fewer than 1,000 spaces, he said. He added, however, that if those Cowboys season ticket holders do not have World Series tickets, it would be appreciated if they vacate the parking lots sooner than later after the football game so that the spaces will be available for Rangers fans.

Matwick added that the Cowboys will make their parking lots available for baseball parking just as they did during the American League Championship Series. Lot 4 at Cowboys Stadium will be the first one opened, with others available as needed.

Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Texas Council of Governments, said that to facilitate traffic flow to and from the venues, there will be two lane reversals on Interstate 30 managed lanes on Sunday. Managed lanes will flow westbound from 9:30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and eastbound from 3:30-5 p.m.

They will flow westbound again from 6-7:30 p.m. and eastbound from 10 p.m.-midnight or until traffic subsides.

Morris said the I-30 T-ramp to Ballpark Way, which was opened and used for the ALCS and college football games, has carried 20,000 people in more than 4,000 vehicles, clearing traffic 15 minutes faster than before the ramp was opened.

The managed lanes will be reversed Saturday for Game 3 of the World Series and again on Monday, if Game 5 is necessary. Lanes will flow westbound from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and eastbound from 9:30 p.m.- 11:30 p.m. or until traffic subsides. This also mimicks rush-hour flow, so that commuters will not be inconvenienced at the expense of baseball fans.